The island is just a short boat ride from Nasugbu, around 45 minutes on a good day. The waves can be very choppy during the Amihan season (prevailing winds from the east, usually starts around September and ends around May) and there were a couple of accidents already, outrigger boats getting overturned by huge waves. This was not a problem during the island's heydays as an ultra exclusive membership only resort; guest arrive in yachts.
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The beach area on the east side is not the best if we talk about Philippine islands: too rocky and sand not very fine. But most visitors do not care. I did not care. Greek columns - that was what most were after.
People make a bee line to the columns on the southern tip of the island armed with selfie sticks, tripods, and cameras. Model shoots with wannabe models (yes, with the complete set of entourage which include makeup artists), "prenups" sessions mixed in with the usual selfie crowd. There was a girl with her costumed dog and a professional photographer.
SunsetI was there for the Greek columns as well, of course. From the photos that I have seen I figured they would look great both at sunrise and sunset.
SunriseSunrise was not as great as I was hoping for; the color display was brief. There was a brief window where the crowd have not decided yet whether its worth heading up to the ruins again with their selfie sticks; it was still a bit dark anyway.
- With the island's scenic views and crowd-magnet Greek columns, its heading to an unfortunate path: more and more crowds and more and more garbage being left on the island. The resort managing the tours to the island must resolve this as soon as possible.
- Good cellular coverage in the island. So you can post your selfie photos right away.
- No potable water. Make sure to bring plenty. Currently no makeshift stores selling food and drinks.
- No electricity.
- Scary huge waves during amihan season. Expect to get really wet during the boat ride (to and from the island). Make sure to waterproof your stuff.